307 W Short St, Lexington, KY | Directions 4050738.048852 -84.498278
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Charming and Excellent are my words du jour... – This little place is so unassuming from the outside! In fact, I drove past it 2x before I realized where it was. Once I walked in (on a wednesday night, which was perfect timing-there was no wait), I saw the history in the building. One of the oldest buildings in Lexington, it was the first Post Office. Great pains were taken in the restoration of the structure and decor. Autographs of famous folks who have eaten there line the walls of the bar. Big Band music from the 30's and 40's plays at just the right level in the background. The staff are all excellent. I was originally seated upstairs in the dining room but when I ordered, I told the server I would prefer to sit downstairs in the bar at a table. He was very accomodating.
I had the lamb. It was amazing and served with spinach risotto which was superb. The bartender suggested a Pinot Noir which was perfect to cut the richness of the entree. For dessert I had the creme brulee, and it was again, very well prepared, and very very smooth.
The staff isn't socially segregated as 'front of the house' and 'back of the house' as in some restaurants. No way. This place is so small that even the staff are very cordial toward one another. The head chef was a great gal that obviously had a real love for her art.
Go to Metropol! Take a date. Have wine. Have dessert. It is a great little place for a romantic dinner, or as in my case, it was a great change from typical business traveler chain restaurant blaaaaaahs. This will go on my list of FAVORITES for sure!
PS-on weekends, I would definately make a reservation. This place is small and will fill up fast I'm sure.
AMAZING – This fantastic restaurant is so quiant. Everyone feels like they are family. The one-line chef does extraordinary on every plate prepared. From the outside you would never know how fantastic this restaurant is inside. There was a bit of a wait for a table, but we didnt' mind as we sat at the bar and had a bottle of wine. The duck and the filet are both the best in town!
very very good food (and service) – I have always been impressed with the food and service at Metropol. The ingredients are always fresh and the flavors are superb (get the rack of lamb). I have brought numerous friends, and nobody has ever been disappointed. The best food in Lexington.
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